PetaPixel

Apparently 500px is Growing Like a Weed

Alexa’s traffic reports seem to show that photo sharing service 500px is growing like a weed. The site has received quite a bit of coverage as of late.

Compared to Flickr though, the site’s traffic is still pretty insignificant:

Only time will tell whether they can hold onto the momentum and become a serious rival to Flickr (and now Google’s photo services).


 
 
  • Jaime Santafé

    I don’t really think, and hope the developers don’t neither, that the target is to rival Flickr. Niche is key for 500px strategy, and only by having the best pictures and photogs they will find their spot. Moreover, with a limit (for free accounts) of 20 pics per week, the risk of having massive uploaders move their collections from Flickr or FB to 500px is scarce, I guess.
    And I hope they will keep it that way so there’s a place to find good photography  without too much noise!

  • Arnaud

    I found that website only recently, and I have to say, people there actually post amazing pictures. I used to be on DeviantArt, but as the community grew, its quality lowered at a hurtful rate. The front page is constantly spammed with 12 year old kids posting “demotivational posters” by just adding a black frame and awful caption to a screenshot of their favorite anime, girls seeking views by posting MySpace-angle nudes, it just became.. awful.

  • http://twitter.com/604Foodtography 604 Foodtography

    Flickr (which i hope stays alive in the years to come) is increasingly becoming more like a database for me. 6 years + now on it, and there’s a lot of memories and pictures there.

    Agreed with Jaime, 500 is a niche.

  • http://twitter.com/604Foodtography 604 Foodtography

    Flickr (which i hope stays alive in the years to come) is increasingly becoming more like a database for me. 6 years + now on it, and there’s a lot of memories and pictures there.

    Agreed with Jaime, 500 is a niche.

  • Dave

    @604 Same for me about Flickr.  I joined 500px only because of the hype by a certain group of photographers who I respect(ed), but now, a month or so later, I hardly even remember to even visit the site.  I know the images posted are beautiful, but, maybe I need to give it more time.  Those same photographers are now hyping Google+.  Their opinion doesn’t mean very much to me anymore. It feels almost like they’re being paid to hype 500px and Google+.  I usually go with my gut….and my gut tells me to stick with Flickr and probably Google+ and I probably won’t go back to 500px very often.  Just my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    Was thinking of leaving Flickr next year for 500px but now with Google+ I will just use G+ instead of Flickr/500px or FB for my photos.

  • PhillipP

    As someone who likes to use vintage cameras and film, nothing can replace Flickr for the wealth of information other Flickerites have provided me. Although the photos in 500px are wonderful the photographers seem to know it  and there is not the same  friendly community and interaction like there is on Flickr.

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    I would take 500px over Flickr any day of the week, there is no comparison between the two.

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    I would take 500px over Flickr any day of the week, there is no comparison between the two.

  • Paul

    Flickr is over run by would be amateurs.  Sure, no harm in that but it dilutes the quality photography that is found there.  It has become more a base for happy snaps than professional photography and you now have to sift through so much poor imagery to find a really good one.   Also everyone gets on and gives a ‘would be pro photographer’ comment such as i love the contrast between the ….etc.., the composition is perfect etc…all too often referring to inferior, mindless pics.   Again, no harm in that but if you do take photography seriously Flickr is no place to be.

  • PJ

    Im not going to lie I just checked out 500px…the photos are amazaing..but just like somebody said in here…flickr..is more community based…I have met so many people on flickr..who i am friends with some i have met in person some I haven’t we even talk on the phone skype…we feed off of each other….oh well…I might give it a try but i will stick with flickr for now..

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    I’ve decided to NOT renew my Flickr pro account this year, due to the lack of improvement and protection against image thief and API improvement. There are too many paid users to not consider improvement, and Flickr is (as usual) very late and uninspired.

    If 500px will give me the opportunity of useful APIs ti integrate it with Lightroom and php, I’m sold.

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    I’ve decided to NOT renew my Flickr pro account this year, due to the lack of improvement and protection against image thief and API improvement. There are too many paid users to not consider improvement, and Flickr is (as usual) very late and uninspired.

    If 500px will give me the opportunity of useful APIs ti integrate it with Lightroom and php, I’m sold.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se Erik Lauri Kulo

    Exactly what I was thinking as well. 500px was immensly hyped by a small group of photographers. It spread and more people hyped it. We saw articles on any given photography-related website about how great 500px was because of its professionalism. And as you pointed out, the same is now happening to Google+.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se Erik Lauri Kulo

    Exactly what I was thinking as well. 500px was immensly hyped by a small group of photographers. It spread and more people hyped it. We saw articles on any given photography-related website about how great 500px was because of its professionalism. And as you pointed out, the same is now happening to Google+.

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    I wonder why many people speak as if they only could stay with one site. I have accounts on deviantART, Flickr, 500px and G+ (although the last one I don’t use it yet), and I upload photos on all of them. Maybe with time I’ll decide to stay with only one, but the experience with each one is different and you should try them all to decide by yourself which one is better.

  • Stone

    Flickr = outdated, bad interface, oversaturated with snap happy point & shoots and iphones
    500px = great interface, better picture quality in terms of resolution & artistryG+ = still playing around with but hear it has great potential

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493513876 Francisco Vasconcelos

    The only problem with g+ is that you loose your intellectual property to them when you post your photos:

    Google’s Terms of Service on photography, Photofocus cautions, should be read carefully, especially these sections:By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.Scott Bourne at Photofocus writes that there’s a reason he doesn’t use Google photo sharing services and won’t be signing for Google+.

  • Jimmm Dean

    and now it looks like the weed is dying. check out the latest alexa graph